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As a Deaf churchgoer, I have always wanted to attend a church service but was unable to due to the lack of sign language interpreters. In this blog, I will provide an overview of the history and status of deaf churches in America.

In 1786, Thomas Gallaudet founded The American School for the Deaf. This school was later renamed The Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons. In 1817, Samuel Gridley Howe founded another school for the deaf called The Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind and Deaf-Mutes.

In 1880, Reverend Thomas Gallaudett started a new school for the deaf called Pennsylvania School for Deaf Mutes. This is where he first used sign language with his students. He also founded The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) in 1890 which later merged with another organization called NADCAP to become known as NAD-CAP today.

In 1910, there were over 60 schools for deaf children across the United States. These schools were run by various religious organizations such as Catholic Charities but did not necessarily teach religion as part of their curriculum because they were considered public schools rather than private ones like parochial ones are today (Kahane).

deaf church service

United StatesCityType of Access for the DeafService Schedule
Birmingham Community DeafBirminghamASLSunday 9:30am CT Bible Study/ 11:00am CT Worship
Coosada Baptist ChurchCoosadaInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
DOXA Deaf MinistryMontgomeryInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
Eastmond Baptist ChurchMontgomeryInterpretedSunday 10:30am CT
Eden Westside Baptist ChurchPell CityInterpretedSunday 8:10am CT
First Baptist Church FairhopeFairhopeInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
Hillcrest Baptist ChurchAnnistonInterpretedSaturday 6:00pm CT
Living Stones TempleFultondaleInterpretedSunday 8:00am CT
Bethel Deaf FellowshipFayettevilleASLSunday 2:00pm CT on Zoom
Zoom ID: 465 981 8897
Password: BDF@1647
Fellowship Deaf MinistryRogersInterpretedSunday 9:30am CT
Deaf Fellowship ChurchLittle RockASLSunday 11:00am CT
Fellowship Bible ChurchLittle RockInterpretedSunday 9:00am CT
Arizona Community ChurchTempeInterpretedSunday 9:30am AZT/ Wednesday Women’s Bible Study 9:00am AZT
Camelback Deaf MinistryPhoenixASLSunday 12:30am AZT
Central Baptist Church DeafConwayInterpretedSunday 10:50am AZT
Cross Church Deaf MinistrySpringdaleInterpretedSunday 2:00pm AZT
Oro Valley Church of The NazareneOro ValleyInterpretedSunday 9:30am AZT
Silent Hope ChurchMesaASLSunday 2:00pm AZT
Archdiocese of San FranciscoSan FranciscoASLThursday 12:00pm PT
Brentwood Bible FellowshipBrentwoodInterpretedSunday 10:00am PT
Cedars ChurchEwarkInterpretedSunday 9:30am PT/ 11:00am PT
Chapel of ChangeParamountASL/InterpretedSunday 10:15am PT
Christ Cathedral, Diocese of OrangeGarden GroveInterpretedSunday 9:45am PT (English Voice) 11:30am (Spanish Voice)
Big Valley Grace Community ChurchModestoInterpretedSunday 9: 00 am PT
Deaf Evangel Gospel AssemblySacramentoASLSunday 1:00pm PT
Fremont Deaf ChurchFremontASLSunday 10:00am PT (Pre-Recording)
Grace Community ChurchSun ValleyInterpretedSunday 10:30am PT
Hands of GraceSan JoseASLSunday 10:45 am PT
Holy Angels Catholic Church of the DeafLos AngelesASLSunday 8:30am PT Eng Voicing / 11:30am PT Español Voz
Pole Line Baptist ChurchDavisASL/InterpretedSunday 12:00pm PT
Rock Church of San DiegoSan DiegoInterpretedSunday 9:45am PT
Sacramento Bible Church of DeafSacramentoASLSunday 11:00am PT
Sunridge Community Church: Deaf MinistryTemeculaInterpretedSunday 10:30am PT
The Deaf Place ChurchCosta MesaASLSunday 11:00am PT
The Grove Deaf MinistryRiversideASLSunday 9:00am PT
Christian Deaf ChurchColorado SpringsASLSunday 10:00am MT
Colorado Community ChurchAuroraInterpretedSunday 10:45am MT
St. Bernadette Parish Lakewood ColoradoLakewoodASL/InterpretedSaturday 10:00am MT / Sunday 4:00pm MT
Woodmen Valley ChapelColorado SpringsInterpretedSunday 9:00am MT
Living Truth Deaf ChurchNewarkASLSunday 10:30am ET
Praise Deaf ChurchNewarkASLSunday 10:00am ET
Barwick Road ChurchDelray BeachInterpretedSunday 10:30am ET
Calvary ChurchClearwaterInterpretedSunday 8:30am ET
Crosspointe Deaf Church – LargoLargoASL/InterpretedSunday 10:00am ET/ Wednesday 7:00pm ET and New Found Family Recovery Tuesday 7:00pm ET
Deaf Church @ ArgyleJacksonvilleASLSunday 10:30am ET
Deaf Church at Southpoint Community ChurchJacksonvilleASL / InterpretedASL 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays 11am ET
Interpreted 2nd, 4th Sundays 11am ET
Emmanuel Baptist ChurchCrestviewInterpretedSunday 11:00am ET
Grace Bible Deaf ChurchTampa BayASLSunday 9:30am ET
Grace Community ChurchJacksonvilleInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Isign MinistriesPinellas ParkASLDaily Devo 5:45am ET
Lakeland Baptist ChurchLakelandASLSunday 11:00am ET
Maranatha Deaf MinistryApopkaASLSunday 8:30am ET
Miami Deaf CenterMiamiASLSunday 11:30am ET / Monday Bible Study 7:00pm EST
POA Deaf MinistryApopkaASL/InterpretedSunday Bible Study 9:30 am ET / Sunday Service 10:30 am ET/ Wednesday Service 7:30pm
Schott Communities for Person who are Deaf or Disabled and ARCHIDIOCESE OF MIAMICooper CityInterpretedSunday 9:30am ET
Viva Deaf MinistryOrlandoASL/InterpretedSunday 9:00am ET Bible Study/ 10:30am ET Worship/ Daily Devo 6:00pm ET
Crusselle Freeman Church for the DeafAtlantaASLSunday 2:00pm ET
Deaf Baptist ChurchAtlantaASLSunday 10:00pm ET
First Baptist AlbanyLeesburgInterpretedSunday 9:00pm ET
Grove Level Baptist ChurchDaltonInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Harvest Deaf ChurchRinggoldASLSunday 10:45am ET
Kona United Methodist ChurchKailua-KonaASL/InterpretedSunday 10:00am HST
Apostolic Faith ChurchChicagoInterpretedSunday 11:00am CT
Cornerstone Christian ChurchShilohInterpretedSunday 9:30am CT
First Christian ChurchJacksonvilleInterpretedSunday 10:45am CT
Jacksonville Deaf ChurchJacksonvilleASLSunday 10:00am CT (Pre-Recording)
Oak Brook Community Deaf ChurchOak BrookASLSunday 10:00am CT/ Wednesday Bible Study are available at 6:30pm CT
Rockford Deaf ApostolateRockfordInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
Crossroad Baptist Deaf ChurchIndianapolisASLSunday 1:30pm ET
Deaf Michiana Missionary ChurchSouth BendASLSunday 11:30am ET (Pre-Recording)
First Baptist Church HammondHammondInterpretedSunday 10:45am ET
Graceland Baptist ChurchNew AlbanyInterpretedSunday 9:00am ET
Christ’s Church of the DeafCouncil BluffsASLSunday 10:30am CT
Deaf International Community ChurchOlatheASLSunday 10:00am CT via Zoom
Danville Baptist Deaf MissionDanvilleASLSunday 10:00am ET
Epiphany Catholic ChurchLouisvilleInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Fern Creek Baptist ChurchLouisvilleInterpretedSunday 10:45am ET
Gospel Community ChurchOwensboroASLSunday 9:00am ET
Grace Family FellowshipRussell SpringsInterpretedTuesday 1:00pm ET (Post)
Grace Deaf Presbyterian ChurchDanvilleASLSunday 10:30am ET
Journey Community Church ASL MinistryRichmondInterpretedSunday 11:15am ET
King’s Way ChurchVersaillesInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Northeast Christian ChurchLouisvilleInterpretedSunday 8:00am ET
Parkland Baptist ChurchLouisvilleInterpretedSunday 9:45am ET
Porter Memorial Baptist Church (Deaf Group)LexingtonInterpretedSunday 8:30am ET
Vineyard Community Church RichmondRichmondInterpretedSunday 11:15am ET
Liberty Deaf ChurchBaton RogueASLSunday 10:00am ET
Bethany Community ChurchLaurelInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Christ Lutheran Church of the DeafSilver SpringASLSunday 7:50am ET
Deaf Fellowship @ Frederick Church of the BrethrenFrederickASLSunday 10:00am ET
Hampshire View Baptist Church DeafSilver SpringASLSunday 10:00am ET
Melwood Church of NazareneUpper MarlboroInterpretedSunday 10:45am ET
Restoration House InternationalBeltsvilleInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET/ Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm ET
The Table Church C&MAFrederickASLSunday 9:00am ET
Boston Deaf ApostolateBostonInterpretedSunday 11:00am ET
Jubilee Christian ChurchBostonInterpretedSunday 12:30pm ET
Trinity Church RocklandRocklandInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Peace Lutheran ChurchGreat FallsASLTuesday 10:00am MT
Berean Baptist ChurchAdrianInterpretedSunday 10:30am ET
Detroit Catholic Deaf CommunityDetroitInterpretedSunday 11:30am ET
Master House Deaf ChurchFlintASLSunday 9:00am ET
Cedar ValleyBloomingtonInterpretedSunday 9:15am CT/ Wednesday 7:00 CT
First Baptist ChurchWatervilleInterpretedSunday 10:30am CT
Grace ChurchEden PrairieInterpretedSunday 9:00am CT
Guardian Angels Catholic CommunityOakdaleInterpretedSaturday 4:30pm CT
Peace Deaf ChurchEaganASLSunday 9:30am CT
Rock Hill Community ChurchDuluthInterpretedSunday 9:00am CT
Concordia Lutheran ChurchKirkwoodInterpretedSunday 9:30am CT
Hickory Ridge Baptist Church DeafFlorenceInterpretedSunday 9:30am CT
Pinelake Baptist Church DeafBrandonInterpretedSunday 9:30am ET
Concordia Lutheran ChurchKirkwoodInterpretedSunday 9:30am CT (Pre-Recording)
Bible Baptist Church of Jefferson CityJefferson CityASL/InterpretedSunday 10:30am CT
First Baptist Church ArnoldArnoldInterpretedSunday 11:00am CT
Landmark Family ChurchMaryland HeightsInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
St. Thomas Deaf Episcopal ChurchKirkwoodASL/InterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
Christ Community ChurchOmahaInterpretedSunday 10:45am CT
Sacred Heart ChurchOmahaInterpretedSunday 10:30am CT
New Jersey
Victory Assembly of GodElmerInterpretedSunday 11:00am ET
New Mexico
Holy Family ChurchSanta FeInterpretedSunday 8:00am MT/ 10:00am MT
New York
Browncroft Community ChurchRochesterInterpretedSunday 10:15am ET
Calvary Assembly ChurchRochesterInterpretedSunday 9:00am ET
Grace Assembly of GodSyracuseInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
North Carolina
Asheville Deaf ChurchAshevilleASLSunday 11:00am ET (Pre-Recording)
Blended FellowshipPikevilleInterpretedSunday 11:00 am ET
Charlotte Deaf MissionCharlotteASLSunday 10:30am ET (Pre-Recording)
Deaf Light MinistriesWinston SalemASLSunday 9:30am ET
Long’s Chapel UMCWaynesvilleInterpretedSunday 9:30am ET
Morganton First Baptist ChurchMorgantonASLSunday 9:00am ET
Triad Baptist ChurchKernersvilleInterpretedSunday 9:15am ET
Calvary Baptist ChurchBellefontaineInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET
Deaf Outreach ChurchNorth CantonASLSunday 9:00am ET
Liberty Baptist Church of DeafColumbusASLSunday 10:30am ET
Oakwood Deaf Community ChurchEastlakeASLSunday 11:00am ET
Signs of Grace DeafMiddleburg HeightsASLSunday 10:30am ET
Wooster Church of the NazareneWoosterInterpretedSunday 9:00am ET
Battle Creek ChurchMulti-CampusInterpretedThursday 6:00pm CT
Deaf Church OklahomaOklahoma CityASLSunday 1:50pm CT
Solace ChurchTulsaInterpretedSunday 11:00am CT
Family Life ChurchMedfordASLSunday 10:30am PT
Salem Alliance Church (S3)SalemASL/InterpretedSunday 11:30am PT
Salem Evangelical ChurchSalemInterpretedSunday 9:15am PT
Deaf Catholic PhillyPhiladelphiaASLSaturday 5:30pm ET
Redemption Hill Church – South HillsJefferson HillsInterpretedSunday 10:00 am ET
St. Joseph Catholic ChurchMechanicsburgInterpretedSunday 9:45am ET
Rhode Island
Greater RIBaptist Temple Deaf MinistryJohnstonInterpretedSunday 8:00am ET
South Carolina
First Baptist Church of DeafGreenvilleASLSunday 9:00am ET (Pre-Recording)
FirstDEAF Deaf MinistryColumbiaInterpretedSunday 9:00am ET
Millbrook Baptist Deaf MinistryMillbrookASLSunday 9:00am ET
Roebuck Baptist Church for the DeafRoebuckASL/InterpretedSunday 9:30am ET
1st UPC of Bolivar Deaf ChurchBolivarASLSunday 10:00am CT
Brentwood Baptist Deaf ChurchBrentwoodASLSunday 11:00am ET
Buffalo Trail BaptistMorristownInterpretedSunday 10:15am ET
Deaf Church KnoxvilleKnoxvilleASLSunday 10:00am ET
Deaf Church MurfreesboroMurfreesboroASLSunday 10:30am ET
Hilldale Baptist ChurchClarksvilleInterpretedSunday 11:00am ET
Kirby Woods Baptist Deaf ChurchMemphisASLSunday 9:45am CT
Metro Nashville Deaf Community ChurchNashvilleASLSunday 1:00pm CT
New Life Deaf ChurchClarksvilleASLSunday 9:00am CT
Strong Tower Baptist ChurchJohnson CityInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
Amarillo Deaf ChurchAmarilloASLSunday 10:45am CT (Pre-Recording)
Austin ChristianAustinInterpretedSunday 10:00am CT
Baruch HaShem A Messianic SynagogueDallasInterpretedSaturday 10:30am CT
Blessed Hand Deaf ChurchBig SpringASLSunday 2:30pm CT
Compass Church Deaf MinistryColleyvilleInterpretedSunday 11:30am CT/ During this unique times – daily devotions and worship are available at 8:00pm CT
Deaf Ministry of Lovers Lane UMCDallasASL/Interpreted/ CCSunday 9:00am CT
Emmanuel Baptist Church McAllen Deaf MinistriesMcAllenASLSunday 10:30am CT
Evergreen Baptist ChurchIolaInterpretedSunday 11:00am CT
First Baptist Church Mansfield DeafMansfieldInterpretedSunday 10:30am CT
Gateway ChurchAustinInterpretedSunday 11:00am CT
Gateway ChurchSouthlakeInterpretedSaturday 4:00pm CT
Grace Lutheran ChurchSan MarcosInterpretedSunday 10:15am CT
Legacy Deaf MinistryNorth Richland HillsASLSunday 10:45am CT
New Life Deaf FellowshipFort WorthASLSunday 10:00am CT
North Side Baptist ChurchWeatherfordInterpretedSunday 9:00am CT
Prestonwood Deaf MinistryPlanoInterpretedSunday 9:30am CT
Silent Friends ChapelDallasASLSunday 10:15am CT
St. Patrick’s CathedralFort WorthInterpretedSunday 11:00am CT
The ASL ChurchSan MarcosASLSunday 11:00am CT
The Austin StoneAustinInterpretedSunday 8:00am CT (PreRecording)
Woodhaven Baptist Deaf ChurchHoustonASLSunday 11:00am CT
Belle Meadows Deaf MinistryBristolASLSunday 9:00am ET
Deaf Mission at RichmondRichmondASLSunday 11:00am ET
First Baptist Church AlexandriaAlexandriaASLSunday 11:00am ET (Pre-Recording)
Living Word Deaf ChurchLynchburgASLSunday 10:30am ET
McLean Bible ChurchViennaInterpretedSunday 9:00am ET
New Life UMCMidlothianInterpretedSunday 10:45amET
Potomac Deaf ChurchAlexandriaASLSunday 11:00am ET
River Wave Deaf ChurchVirginia BeachASLSunday 9:00am ET
Doxa ChurchBellevueInterpretedSunday 10:00am ET (Pre-Recording)
Kessid ChurchVancouverInterpretedSunday 11:00am ET
Washington DC
Bison Christian FellowshipWashington DCASLSunday 8:00am ET
National Community ChurchWashington DCInterpretedSunday 10:30am ET
Archdiocese of MilwaukeeMilwaukeeASLFriday 12:00pm CT (pre-recording at 11:30am)
Bay City Baptist ChurchGreen BayASLSunday 9:30am CT
East Delavan Baptist Deaf ChurchDelavanASLSunday 10:50am CT/ Wednesday Bible Study are available at 7:00pm CT
Emmanuel Lutheran Church of the DeafMilwaukeeASLSunday 4:00pm CT
Faith Community ChurchFort AtkinsonInterpretedSunday 9:00am CT
Archdiocese of OttawaEdmonton / OttawaASLSaturday 8:30pm ET / Wednesday 8:30pm ET
Hope ChurchToronto, ONInterpretedSunday 9:15am ET
Victory International ChurchHamilton, ONInterpretedSunday 10:30 am ET
Ministerio Puente LargoBogotaSubtitularDe lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. y Miércoles 6 pm y Sábado 6pm y Domingos de 9 a.m. a 11 a.m. (Hora de Colombia)
Iglesia Alianza El BatánEloy Alfaro,QuitoIntérprete De Lenguaje De SeñasDomingo 10HOO CST
Iglesia Bíblica BautisaQuitoIntérprete De Lenguaje De SeñasDomingo 10HOO CST
El Salvador
Ministerio de Sordos IBMSan SalvadorIntérprete De Lenguaje De SeñasDomingo 10:00 hrs CST y 19:00 hrs CST/ Miercoles 19:00 hrs CST
Tabernáculo Bíblico Bautista Amigos de Israel CentralColonia EscalónIntérprete De Lenguaje De SeñasDominical 4:00pm CST
Casa de DiosCasa de Dios, FraijanesIntérprete De Lenguaje De SeñasDomingo 7:00 hrs y 11:00 hrs
Ministerios EbenezerGuatemalaIntérprete De Lenguaje De SeñasDomingo 7:30 hrs y 11:00 hrs y 14:30 hrs y 18:00 hrs
Manos FelicesTegucigalpaHondurasSonntag 11:30 Uhr MEZ
ICF ZürichDübendorfGebärdensprachdolmetscherSonntag 11:30 Uhr MEZ
United Kingdom
Bromley Town ChurchBromleyBSL-InterpretedSunday 10:00am BST
Kerith Community ChurchBracknellBSL-InterpretedSunday 9:30am BST
King’s Church LondonLondonBSL-InterpretedSunday 12:30pm BST
Merland Rise ChurchTadworthBSL-InterpretedSunday 12:30pm BST
Rising Brook Community ChurchStaffordBSL-InterpretedSunday 10:30am BST
Woodgreen Evangelical ChurchWorcesterBSL-InterpretedSunday 10:30am BST
Bilton Evangelical ChurchRugbyBSL-InterpretedSunday 10:30am BST
Christian Fellowship ChurchBelfastBSL-InterpretedSunday 10:00am BST
Derby Vineyard ChurchDerbyBSL-InterpretedSunday 10:30am BST
Preston MinsterPrestonBSL-InterpretedSunday 5:00am BST
Metropolitan Tabernacle-Deaf Bible FellowshipLondonBSL-InterpretedSunday 11:00am BST/ 6:30pm BST/ Bible Study – Sunday 3:00pm BST/ Wednesday 7:30pm BST
Word of HandsBirminghamBSL-DeafSunday 11:00am BST

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